A couple of days after presenting the ‘Simple Songs for Preschoolers’ workshop, I took the opportunity to visit one of the schools. The teachers didn’t know I was coming, I just dropped in. What a thrill it was to come into this class and find them trying out some of the new songs they had […]
Last week I had the opportunity to present the music I have written with two groups of teachers. These two meetings were a good practice run for helping me to prepare for presenting the music at the Indiana State IAEYC conference in April. I came to the school early to make sure things were all set […]
There are a variety of ways you can use musical instruments in the classroom. Create a music center and try adding… Baskets of musical instruments A CD Player A pretend microphone A mirror A little platform for a stage (square) Posters and books about music, composers, notes, and nursery rhymes. Staple together little books of […]
Music and fingerplays are a wonderful tool for teaching in the preschool classroom. Do you have a favorite song or fingerplay that you sing or say often with your preschool students? Print the words Choose a favorite song or fingerplay that your students know well and print the words out on a large sheet of chart […]
I visited a two-year-old classroom on several occasions and observed that this was not a happy classroom. This was not a fun classroom. It was time to get these children singing and laughing. I sat with the children on the floor and in a bright happy voice and introduced them to a cute little Hello Song […]
In early childhood work, music takes on a magical quality. Music can magically change the experience and atmosphere of your classroom. If you are thinking, “I can’t sing and I don’t know any songs so music just isn’t for me.” Let me encourage you to think again. It isn’t how many songs you currently know […]
In order to be effective in the use of fingerplays, the teacher must first select a fingerplay that relates to current learning and then practice, practice, and practice. The more familiar and skilled the teacher is in reciting and acting out the fingerplay, the more effective the teacher will be in using and/or presenting the […]
It is a must that every early childhood educator spends time learning a wide variety of fingerplays. Come and learn more about fingerplays.